Anyone who has belonged to a book club knows that there’s one meeting more difficult and stressful than all the rest – the meeting when members discuss which books to read and discuss for the rest of the year. How do you know what’s good? How can you be sure it will be discussable and sustain conversation? Fret not, our librarians have got you covered with a list of recently published, character-driven books rich with language. We think you’ll find a lot to discuss in these titles.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The tangled destinies and decisions of three teens growing up in a tightknit African-American community in Southern California. Continue reading “Book Group Best Bets: Fiction for Discussion”
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Literary fiction doesn’t have to be difficult, sad, or highbrow, but finding stellar writing, intriguing characterization and whip-smart wit in popular fiction is a needle-in-a-haystack hunt. Here are four great picks (plus their read-alike cousins) that are thought-provoking, good for discussion and just plain fun to read.
The World to Come by Dara Horn
There’s a lot going on in this short novel about Benjamin Ziskind, a quiz show question writer turned art thief. Stories-within-stories take readers back to Soviet Russia in the 1920s, the influence of Marc Chagall on a young boy and a Yiddish storyteller’s desperate attempt to save his art. You might also like The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Continue reading “Seriously fun fiction”
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo
Based on relentless fact-finding and reporting, this harrowing story of hope and devastation in a poverty-strewn makeshift Indian town is told from the perspectives of those who live and die in Annawadi. Groups will discuss worldwide economic inequality and solutions for injustice against the powerless, government corruption and how the media exacerbate problems and whether or not a common can morality dictate public reaction to private suffering. Continue reading “Fall Book Group Reads: Jen’s Nonfiction picks”
What is your book group reading this year? Here are some recent literary novels that are eminently discuss-able.
Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Sent by her grandmother to a remote island off the Chilean coast for her own safety, American-born Maya Vidal logs in her diary the year of recovery from her drug-related criminal and personally destructive activities. Discuss child rearing and where Maya’s relationships with significant adults failed her; the pervasiveness of drug abuse and how to deal with it and Allende’s flexibility of style.
Continue reading “Fall Book Group Reads: Jen’s Fiction picks”